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If you aren't productive as a telecommuter, you're risking your future

July 10, 2013 | Telepresence Options


Story and Images by Lea Green / PGi

Staying productive as a telecommuter is vital if you want to progress in your career, maintain trust with your fellow coworkers and build future opportunities.

More often than not, telecommuting makes better workers. One of the by-products of telecommuting is that it fosters a work ethic from the inside out; studies since the 1990s have consistently documented that working from home at least part time increases a worker's productivity.

This increase is reported not only by the workers themselves, but also their supervisors. A�2011 Staples surveyfound that:

  • 86% of telecommuters say they are�more productive in their home office
  • Between 20-40% of supervisors report that their�teleworkers are more productive�and take less time to complete tasks at a higher quality
  • Teleworkers produce�43% more business volume�than office counterparts

So often, telecommuting is touted as "working in your PJs" but, over time, this more�casual mindset can impede long-term career progress and goals. Telecommuting is certainly about�freedom. Freedom and the personal responsibility to use that freedom wisely. There are many ways to understand what makes a productive worker, and telecommuting allows employees to make a choice - about being productive and creating value. �Sure, you're saving that hour of time in the commute each day but what are you going to do with it or give it back to yourself or to your employer? Both employees and businesses need to create the right environments - both externally and internally (as in the right mindset) - to foster productive remote work.

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